I’m so glad I stumbled upon this.
I started studying psych when I found my mom’s old Abnormal Psychology textbook when I was 11. I went on to study it in college and all I wanted in life was to become a psychologist — until I began to realize exactly what you’re speaking about here. Everything psychological (and neurological, if we’re going to be honest) is held up against this concept of “normal” or “typical” which is simply mythological, as every brain and every psychology is unique in both form and function.
I was extremely lucky to encounter folks who were actively fighting for a spectrum approach to mental health and were actually on their way to a conference to present their ideas. It clearly didn’t take off — except for in my own mind. Much later, in college Part II, I found Critical Psychology, a branch of psych that attempts to see how the field and its practitioners maintain a status quo that oppresses and stigmatizes. Sadly, it hasn’t gained much traction, either.
Thanks so much for this, and I look forward to reading more!